Acquisition will help accelerate Niantic’s AR efforts.
Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs has purchased augmented reality company Escher Reality.
Niantic announced the acquisition in a post on its official blog, publicly welcoming Escher co-founders Ross Finman and Diana Hu and their team to Niantic.
“The addition of the Escher AR technology is incredibly exciting to us at Niantic as it significantly accelerates our work on persistent, shared AR as part of the Niantic real-world application platform,” Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke said in the post.
The Pokemon Go developer plans to broaden the availability of its cross-platform AR technology to developers later this year, and will share more information on this front in the future.
This isn’t the only recent acquisition of Niantic, as the studio purchased the Evertoon team this past November to help create social systems for its community.
Niantic Labs’ creature-collecting mobile phenomenon continues to grow. 23 more generation 3 Pokemon were added to Pokemon Go last month, leaving 35 additional creatures from generation 3 that have yet to join Pokemon Go. A dynamic weather system was introduced late last year, and trading and PvP battles are still “on the roadmap” for the game.
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